Imagine sitting on an airplane, about to take off, when all of a sudden three burly cops walk down the aisle and ask a man to leave.
Only he doesn't.
Not only doesn't he leave, he fights, and twists, trying to escape. Where's he going to go anyway? It's a plane! Then, oh boy, out come the tasers, and things get really interesting.
All that happened on Sunday night on a flight to Chicago from Miami, and it was all caught on video.
"What is the reason you're removing me from the plane?" The defiant man asks, while the Miami-Dade cops manhandle him aggressively.
"You just assaulted a lady, for one," a voice says.
The man's name is Jacob A. Garcia, and he was removed from an American Airlines flight Sunday night for allegedly groping a woman, according to NBC News. Then, he was tasered many times in a struggle with police. The video, captured by a passenger, was posted on Twitter. The incident has since gone viral.
The plane was still at the gate but leaving at around 10 p.m., when a woman's boyfriend told authorities Garcia had been touching her, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Lazaro Llerena told NBC News.
"American began the process of deplaning the entire aircraft. During that process, a physical altercation between the same two passengers took place. Once law enforcement was on the aircraft, the passenger then became combative with the officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department," American Airlines said in a statement to NBC News.
One officer grabs Garcia by the neck while two others try to subdue him. They can't quite do it, though, and he struggles ferociously.
"Don't fight me," one of the officers says repeatedly. Garcia doesn't stop resisting. That's when one of the officers reaches for a taser on his belt with one hand. Garcia's shirt is loose and the taser doesn't seem to affect him. He swipes for the weapon.
"You're like a little baby," he says to the officer. So he gets tased again, for a long time, and the crackling of the weapon can be heard very clearly. He's eventually subdued and taken into custody.
Llerena told NBC News that during the struggle with officers, Garcia attempted to reach for one of the officer's gun but couldn't remove it from the holster. The flight eventually took off with all remaining passengers at around 10:40 p.m.
Cops took Garcia to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and charged him with battery, depriving an officer of a firearm, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
[Photo: Miami-Dade Police Department]
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